Robert Downey Jr. Will Become ‘The Accidental Genius’

Robert Downey Jr. and his wife Susan Downey continue to use their production company, Team Downey, to acquire starring vehicles for the actor. The latest movie that they’ve got their hands on is a joint venture with Warner Bros. that comes from an Adam Gibgot pitch called The Accidental Genius. Downey will play a normal guy in a coma who, when he wakes up, finds that’s he’s now ridiculously smart. That’s not it though, there’s a twist; he’s also having visions of some crazy symbol. In researching the phenomenon, Downey’s character teams up with a “burnt out prodigy” who also recognizes the symbol, and the two men go on to solve a hundred year old mystery with world-changing consequences.

So basically what we have here sounds like a mix between Flowers for Algernon and a mystical version of National Treasure. Hopefully, the Downeys can get Nic Cage to play the guy he teams up with. Add this role together with Downey’s previous performances as Sherlock Holmes and his upcoming involvement with a Perry Mason adaptation and he’s becoming quite the on-screen detective. Perhaps he and Susan can eventually team up on a different venture and open up the Team Downey Detective Agency. I’d definitely hire them to follow around my wife. [Deadline Sherman Oaks]

Weaned on the genre films of the 80s. Reared by the independent movement of the 90s. Earned a BA for writing stuff in the 00s. Reviews current releases at

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